Events

    2019 Feb 06

    Political Power, Elite Control, and Long-Run Development: Evidence from Brazil

    12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    CGIS South, S050, 1730 Cambridge Street

    Speaker: Monica Martinez-Bravo, Associate Professor at CEMFI; Associate Visiting Professor MIT

    Moderator: Frances Hagopian, Jorge Paulo Lemann Senior Lecturer on Government at Harvard University and the Faculty Chair of the Brazil Studies Program

    This paper studies the effects of local political concentration on long-run economic development in Brazil. Contrary to what is observed in...

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    2019 Jan 31

    Gallery talk with artist Clarissa Tossin: Future Fossil

    2:00pm

    Location: 

    8 Garden Street, Johnson-Kulukundis Family Gallery, Byerly Hall

    Speaker: Clarissa Tossin, Radcliffe fellow in 2017–2018

    Clarissa Tossin expands upon her fellowship project with a newly commissioned exhibition that considers the ecology of an uncertain future. Inspired by Octavia E. Butler’s science fiction trilogy Xenogenesis (1989), in which the Amazon becomes the site for a new civilization of alien-human hybrids, Tossin speculates upon a postapocalyptic world following ecological collapse. Pairing DIY plastic recycling techniques with the materials and practices of Amazonian aesthetic...

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    2019 Jan 31

    Lecture by Marcia Lima: "Narratives on race and gender in the Brazilian elections"

    12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    104 Mt. Auburn Street 3R, Seminar Room

    Marcia Lima Poster ImageThe purpose of this lecture is to present - from the perspective on race and gender studies - how the representations of these social markers were mobilized in the 2018 elections, especially the presidential election. The dispute between leading candidates demonstrated that the public debate around...

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    2018 Nov 29

    Between the Dam and the Text - An Eco-critical Reading of Brazil's Belo Monte Dam

    12:00pm

    Location: 

    CGIS South, S050, 1730 Cambridge Street

    Speaker: Leila Lehnen, Associate Professor and Chair, Brown University

    Moderator: Bruno Carvalho, Professor, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard University

    Leila Lehnen is Associate professor of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies at Brown University. She specializes in contemporary Brazilian literature. Her thematic areas of research include the representation of citizenship, human rights, social justice in literary and cultural production. Her book Citizenship and Crisis in Contemporary...

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    2018 Nov 19

    Bolsonaro's Brazil: What Happened and What Will Happen?

    4:15pm to 5:45pm

    Location: 

    John F. Kennedy School of Government - Littauer Building, Malkin Penthouse, 4th Floor

    Speaker: Ambassador Clifford Sobel, former U.S. Ambassador to Brazil from 2006-2009, will discuss the recent elections in Brazil with Professor Nicholas Burns.

    RSVP required. Open to Harvard faculty, fellows, staff, and students. Coffee and cookies will be served.

    Ambassador Clifford Sobel, former U.S. Ambassador to Brazil from 2006-2009, will discuss the recent elections in Brazil and what this means for the future of the country with Professor Nicholas Burns.

    Ambassador Clifford Sobel is a currently a Senior Partner at...

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    2018 Nov 14

    Present at the Creation… Again: The President, American Foreign Policy, and the World to Be

    4:15pm to 5:45pm

    Location: 

    Taubman Building, Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor

    The Future of Diplomacy Project is hosting a seminar with Former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, Ambassador Thomas Shannon, Jr. who will speak about his experience from inside the State Department in the first year of President Trump's presidency and about current American foreign policy. Ambassador Shannon was U.S. Ambassador to Brazil from 2010-2013 and was also Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs from 2005 to 2009.

    This event is open to the public. Coffee and cookies will be served.

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    2018 Nov 13

    Lawyers, Guns, and Money: Brazilian State Formation in Comparative Perspective

    12:00pm

    Location: 

    CGIS South, S250, 1730 Cambridge Street

    Speaker: Anthony Pereira, Director, King's Brazil Institute, King's College London 

    The Brazilian state in the 21st century appears to be a curious combination of high and low capacity. For example, it collects roughly 35 percent of GDP in tax revenue and coordinates the commanding heights of the economy in the service of domestic industry and export promotion. It also has sophisticated agencies at the central level to administer social policy, and robust accountability institutions. But it appears to be a low capacity state when it comes to the...

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    2018 Nov 08

    Developing and Testing an Attenuated Tetravalent Vaccine Against Dengue

    1:05pm to 1:50pm

    Location: 

    GHP Building 1 Room 1208, Harvard School of Public Health

    Speaker: Jorge Kalil, 2018-2019 CAPES Distinguished Visiting Professor, Harvard University; Professor and Head of Clinical Immunology and Allergy, University of Sao Paulo

    There are over 300 million cases of dengue worldwide per year. Some are serious and even fatal. The disease burden occurs in tropical and subtropical areas, including Florida. There is no treatment and the licensed vaccine does not provide the proper protection. NIH, in collaboration with Brazilian institutions, has been developing a tetravalent attenuated dengue vaccine. Brazil is...

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    2018 Nov 08

    Popular Revolts, Citizenship and State Building in 19th Century Brazil

    12:00pm

    Location: 

    CGIS South, S050, 1730 Cambridge Street

    Speaker: Monica D. Dantas, Ruth Cardoso Visiting Associate Professor, Columbia University; Associate Professor, Brazilian Studies Institute and Social History Graduate Program, University of São Paulo

    Moderator: Frances Hagopian, Jorge Paulo Lemann Senior Lecturer on Government, Harvard University

    Contrary to what has been repeated for the past decades, Brazil’s Second Reign was not an age of peace and tranquility. If historians have duly recorded the great number of rebellions and upheavals that rattled the country...

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    2018 Nov 01

    What was Dangerous About it? The Formation and Subversion of a Brazilian Androgynous Group (1972-1975)

    12:00pm

    Location: 

    CGIS South, S030, 1730 Cambridge Street

    Speaker: Benito Bisso Schmidt, PhD in History, State University of Campinas (UNICAMP); Professor, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS)

    Moderator: Frances Hagopian, Jorge Paulo Lemann Senior Lecturer on Government, Harvard University

    The talk discusses the career of the Brazilian androgynous group called Dzi Croquettes and the threat they posed to the Brazilian dictatorship.

    Benito Bisso Schmidt was born in Cruz Alta, in southern Brazil, in 1970. He has been a professor at the...

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    2018 Oct 22

    Environmental Health Capacity Building In Latin America

    1:00pm to 2:30pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Chan School of Public Health, 665 Huntington Ave, Building 1, Room 1302, Boston

    Presenters:

    Douglas Dockery, John L. Loeb and Frances Lehman Loeb Research Professor of Environmental Epidemiology, Department of Environmental Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
    Rick Rogers, Principal Research Scientist, Department of Environmental Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
    Ramon Sanchez, Director, Sustainable Technologies and Health Program, Center for Climate, Health and the Global Environment (C-CHANGE), Department of Environmental Health, Harvard T.H. Chan...

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    2018 Oct 16

    The 2018 Elections in Brazil

    12:00pm

    Location: 

    CGIS South, S020, 1730 Cambridge Street

    Speakers: Scott Mainwaring, Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor of Brazil Studies, Faculty Co-chair of the Harvard Brazil Studies Program; Fernando Bizzarro, Graduate Student Affiliate, PhD Candidate, Department of Government, Harvard University

    Moderator: Steve Levitsky,  Professor of Government at Harvard University.  

    After experiencing the world's largest corruption scandal and the country's worst economic crisis, Brazilians voted in what many have called "the most important elections since...

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    2018 Oct 04

    Panel: "Challenges to Democracy in Big Middle Income Countries: Brazil, India, South Africa"

    4:30pm to 6:15pm

    Location: 

    Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, 27 Kirkland Street, Lower Level Conference Room

    Speakers: Frances Hagopian, Jorge Paulo Lemann Senior Lecturer on Government, Harvard University; Tariq Thachil, Associate Professor of Political Science, Vanderbilt University; Evan Lieberman, Total Professor of Political Science and Contemporary Africa, MIT

    Over the last decade, developments in Russia, Turkey, Hungary, Poland, Thailand, Venezuela and elsewhere have raised concerns about a global democratic recession. Although the number of democracies in the world has remained stable, the crisis of Western liberal democracies and the rise of...

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    2018 Oct 04

    The Necessity of Fiction in Today's Brazil

    12:00pm

    Location: 

    CGIS South, S216, 1730 Cambridge Street

    Speaker: Beatriz Bracher, writer

    Moderator: Frances Hagopian, Jorge Paulo Lemann Senior Lecturer on Government, Harvard University

    In 2018, Brazil finds itself torn to pieces, and inundated by the deafening roar of militancies and their drones. Under these conditions, it is necessary to reconstruct and protect a space for silence and doubt. A space where certainties might be betrayed: fiction.

    Beatriz Bracher (São Paulo, 1961), graduated in Literature and Writing, was the editor of the...

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    2018 Sep 27

    Political Appointments in Brazil

    12:00pm

    Location: 

    CGIS South, S050, 1730 Cambridge Street

    Speaker: Felix Lopez, Researcher, Institute of Applied Economic Research (Ipea)

    Moderator: Frances Hagopian, Jorge Paulo Lemann Senior Lecturer on Government, Harvard University

    The lecture presents general results from different research questions about political appointments -- the appointee’s yearly turnover and survival, the role of the President and the role of the political parties in filling the top-level positions -- and connects these results with a discussion about the prospects for a more efficient...

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    2018 Sep 21

    Ash Community Speaker Series: What to Watch for in Brazil's Upcoming Election Date

    12:00pm

    Location: 

    Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mount Auburn St., Floor 2, Suite 200N

    Join Scott Mainwaring, Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor for Brazil Studies at Harvard Kennedy School; Mariana Batista, Assistant Professor at the Federal University of Pernambuco in the Department of Political Science; and Fernando Bizzarro, Graduate Student at Harvard University, Government Department; for a discussion about the upcoming October elections in Brazil. 

    Lunch will be served. 

    The Ash Community Speaker Series features discussions with students,...

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    2018 Sep 20

    Roberto Burle Marx, Landscape and Chromatic Relationships

    12:00pm

    Location: 

    CGIS South, S216, 1730 Cambridge Street

    Speaker: Gareth Doherty, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture and Director of the Master in Landscape Architecture Program, Harvard University Graduate School of Design

    Moderator: Frances Hagopian, Jorge Paulo Lemann Senior Lecturer on Government, Harvard University

    "It is not sufficient to plan for appropriate green areas; it is necessary to understand them in relation to the urban landscape." —Roberto Burle Marx

    Gareth Doherty is Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at...

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    2018 Sep 13

    Brazil Studies Program Seminar Series: Power-Sharing, Presidential Style: Brazilian Coalition Politics in Comparative Perspective

    12:00pm

    Location: 

    CGIS South, S050, 1730 Cambridge Street

    Speaker: Mariana Batista, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Federal University of Pernambuco; Visiting Fellow, Harvard University

    Moderator: Frances Hagopian, Jorge Paulo Lemann Senior Lecturer on Government, Harvard University

    How presidents coalesce in multiparty systems? This talk explores the role of issue salience in presidential power-sharing strategies, showing how they keep control over policy while coalition partners get control over particularistic expenditures.

    Mariana Batista...

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